Ryder Cup Run For Dementia & Parkinson’s Golfers

Two fitness fanatics from the world of golf, Dr Andrew Murray and Paul Dunstan are teaming up to run 200 miles from Wentworth Club, England – the home of Ryder Cup Europe – to the host venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup – Le Golf National in France.

In an amazing gesture of support, their run will also raise awareness and funds for our pioneering dementia & Parkinson’s golf days.

The golf days are proving an inspirational success as they allow people who develop dementia and Parkinson’s disease to keep enjoying the game they love, even when these devastating diseases try to get in the way.

However, what’s been more amazing is the way in which people who had never considered playing the game have been inspired  to “give it a go” – even when they face the challenges of dementia or Parkinson’s.

At Golf In Society we are working with Golf and Health, leading Universities and golf clubs along with fantastic volunteers to help those with mental ill-health, for example dementia and Parkinson’s disease play golf and to research it’s benefits, as well as looking at ways to develop the golf days further.


The Ryder Cup Run is perfectly timed as it coincides with our second anniversary.

In the two years we have gathered extensive evidence and learnt many lessons – but most importantly proved what a powerful therapy golf can be.

It’s safe to say that we have quickly become the leading authority on proving how golf can improve the lives of families living with dementia & Parkinson’s disease.

The funds raised from the Ryder Cup Run will allow us to move closer to achieving our dream of helping more families live a healthier life – with golf at the heart of it.

I hope you can show your support for Andrew & Paul and our pioneering golf days by making a donation.

Here’s the link to the website that explains how to show your support.


And finally…..  I’ll leave you with a few recent quotes that prove what a difference we make to people’s lives with our pioneering golf days.

“A brand new perfect, all inclusive break from day to day life, a new focus,  fantastic new friends,  fresh air, a new challenge allowing you to be you without judgement only laughter because we all have one thing in common”  Thank you –  each meeting just fills my heart with joy!!! “
Jakki x

“As someone involved in golf at various levels for some 50 years and also a Parkinson’s sufferer, I really enjoy the unique combination of competition and fellowship. But fellowship always wins – and you can quote me!!!

“I have recently started helping at the Parkinson’s golf and get great satisfaction from being able to help and advise the players, from seeing how they enjoy the round and seeing their positive attitude to the golf and life in general. The chat and the tea afterwards help round off the sessions very nicely!”




Parkinson’s Pills On Time Please


You may think taking medication a little late or missing a dose will do no harm – not with Parkinson’s disease.

Caring for Parkinson’s clients every week has given me an intimate insight into how medication and meaningful stimulation can make a huge difference to their quality of life.

I’ve recently witnessed a couple of terrible – and wholly avoidable –  incidents where people’s lives have been put at risk by the lack of understanding amongst hospital staff about Parkinson’s disease. Whilst visiting one of my care clients in hospital it got to the time when his medication was due – I left it five minutes – no-one came. I then asked politely if someone could give him his tablet – “Yes – just on our way” was the reply – twenty five minutes later after a further reminder he finally got his tablet.

Parkinson’s medication is required on time to stimulate the mind into action – miss the slot and you miss the chance to stimulate. You cannot “double up” to counteract the affect of missing a dose. When a patient misses a tablet you can slowly see their responsiveness ebb away right in front of you.

I first realised the importance of timely medication when caring for Parkinson’s clients in their own home. They would often self-medicate and used alarms to prompt them. They – or their loved one – were in charge and tablets were taken to time.

When you take the chance to self-medicate away – like in hospitals – that’s when things start to go wrong.

Parkinson’s patients often need their pills at times outside the “official medication rounds” that are often limited to four times a day. This doesn’t fit with the Parkinson’s medication routine as each patient needs their tablets at differing times. Whilst this causes additional work for nurses,  it’s not acceptable that a patients needs cannot be catered for because of inflexible systems and a lack of urgency to administer tablets on time.

There’s a great tool to aid medicating on time – it’s a simple clock face and all you do is circle the times when tablets are due. Having this clock face by the bed of each Parkinson’s patient is the perfect way to remind nurses when medication is due.

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There really is no excuse for not medicating Parkinson’s patients on time – it makes the world of difference to the speed of their recovery in hospital and the chances of getting them home sooner – now surely that’s good news for everyone……….

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